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County to pay $350k

Madera County has settled a federal employment-discrimination lawsuit against the county and the district attorney’s office for $350,000.

The settlement, which was mediated last November in the U.S. District Court in Fresno, avoided a trial and further legal expenses, which reportedly had reached $400,000. It was made public in a brief announcement at the end of the closed session at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting. “The settlement is a financial decision,” said District Attorney Michael Keitz.

“There is no admission of wrongdoing on the county’s part or on my own.” He said the terms of the settlement precluded any further comment.

The lawsuit, brought by former Deputy District Attorney Karen Mitchell and legal secretary Toni Lindsay, alleged adverse employment actions had been taken against them because they had supported the announced, but never formalized, candidacy of Robert McGurty, a Madera private attorney who formerly had worked in the District Attorney’s Office...


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